Color Your World Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Color Your World Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of ways to COLOR what you love as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 79834512_10156957929042934_4413576352637124608_oIf you have come here from Valerie Kapsha’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

I never saw myself as a person who would enjoy “coloring”, but it is something I have become fond of especially when using our TriBlend Markers and Watercolors. For this month’s Technique Blog Hop, I chose to feature these two wonderful items on my Shaded Seashell card that I created for my husband.

I knew that I wanted to keep this card simple and easy to re-create, so I began designing a blue background on a piece of watercolor paper.  I swished paint onto the paper using a Flat Waterbrush, quickly dried it with my heat tool, then stamped some random “sand” along the base with Almond Ink.  I used that same “sand” image to create white sea foam.

After stamping the sentiment with Intense Black Ink, I adhered the watercolor paper to a card base, then framed it with a Stitched Glacier Rectangle. Now the fun can begin! After stamping the seashell images with Intense Black, I pulled out a my TriBlend Markers and a few Shimmer Brushes. I was delighted by the fact that each marker had ALL THREE shades I needed to create shadows and dimension – no extra thought needed

Once the sea shell images were shaded, I used a Wisteria Shimmer Brush to add a little color, applied a touch of Gold Shimmer to the Sand Dollar, and drew a few little highlights with a White Gel Pen.  The shells were attached to the card with Foam Tape and a few Rose Gold Sequins added. How simple is that? 

Those TriBlends are some of my favorites to shade images with.  Each one comes with all three colors needed to shade and highlight your design.  Members of my VIP Group were able to watch a video showing how these NEW Markers work as they watched me use them to shade my Warm Wishes Card. To me, these are one of the better alcohol markers for crafters, like you and me, who wish create beautifully shaded images without breaking the bank.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Maz Wood’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for Coloring Your World.

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Here is a list of some of the items I used on my project

Creating a Card for the Let’s Color It H2H Challenge

COLOR is defined as the ability add hue, lightness, or saturation using dye, stain or paint.  Are you ready to add some color to your projects? This month, for the Heart2Heart Challenge, we are asking you to show off your “coloring” skills and Color It using whatever medium that brings you joy.

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There are so many ways to add color to a project, and as much as I would love to show you every single one, let me show you how to Color It using our Re-inkers. My card, Expect Miracles, was designed for a friend who has had quite a few waves hitting them lately; hence the use of seashells. I am planing to add Isaiah 43:2 to the inside.

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WARNING: You are about to get messy. You are welcome to grab yourself a pile of gloves. As I sit here typing a day later, my hands are still blue from creating this card.  

You will want to start by placing some drops of Re-inker onto an All Purpose Mat.  I chose to use various shades of blues and blue-greens.  Using a Spray Pen, mist the drops of ink allowing it to pool and spread.  I prefer to use Isopropyl Alcohol and a few drops of Clear Shimmer in my Spray Pen. The alcohol dries faster than water, and the shimmer adds a slight iridescence. I  was warned by my former-firefighter hubby not to use my heat gun to dry it.

Take a piece of Watercolor paper and drag it through the mess of ink. (This is where you might want some gloves.)  DO NOT USE CARDSTOCK.  You can see here, the first drag-through versus the second drag-through.  After the ink has dried completely, trim the paper to 5½” x 4¼” and begin stamping.  MissCarriesCreations-ExpectMiraclesCard-1stVS2nd

As I stated, since this card was about crashing waves, I chose to use our Beach Treasures stamp set. (This set can be purchased with or with out matching Thin Cut dies. Before I started stamping, I created some masks using Full Adhesive sticky notes.

Using VersaMark Ink, I stamped the images onto the background, added Gold Embossing Powder, and heat set the powder with a heat tool.  Make sure that you use the Anti-Static Pouch and save yourself a big mess of static nastiness.

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Once the images are heat-set, you will begin REMOVING the color using a Waterbrush. Place a paper towel under your paper, and begin brushing water over the images. Don’t worry too much about staying in the lines. I found that as the ink ran over the edges, it created a beautiful shadow effect. I did, however, make sure to not remove too much ink where I wanted shadows to remain on the shells.

The effect is mesmerizing.  You can continue to go back and remove more ink if you need, just make sure to allow drying time between to see the effect. This card may have left me with some blue fingers, but I am overwhelmed with joy at the final result.

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I hope this card inspires you to join us for the Color It challenge at the Heart2Heart challenge blog. You can stop by and be inspired by some wonderful projects and link-up your creation for all of us to enjoy. What will you use to Color It?

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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